RARA-AVIS: Re: The Shield

From: Craig Larson ( CLarson@nhcc.edu)
Date: 04 Apr 2005

> If I know the character's coming back next week, it's hard to
> he's damned to eternity.
> Kevin

To repeat from my earlier note, The Shield is pure noir, and Vic Macky, from the first episode where he kills a cop to protect himself from from having his corruption uncovered, is doomed. And that doom, regardless of Macky's attempts to pull himself out from under it, has been persistent throughout the series.

-Dave Z.
  I was just thinking about this as I watched the show last week. I think it was a mistake to start the series off with Mackey killing another cop, since he's never come close to that level of corruption again. In fact, the more the show goes on, the lighter and more viewer-friendly Mackey has become. I don't think he'll ever be soft and cuddly, but he's much more easy to identify with. Maybe if some sort of repercussions would have come out of his killing of Reed Diamond in the very first episode, the show would have a bit more grit to it? I'm not sure. I love it and I think it is one of the best shows on TV, but there are times when Vic isn't as scary as he really should be.

Craig Larson Plymouth, MN

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